Make It Stop! Youth Programs to End Gender-Based Violence

Violence against women and children is all too familiar in many of the places we work. This is no different in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2014, PSI-Caribbean (PSI-C) had the opportunity to pilot a gender-based violence (GBV) prevention program through a partnership with Indrani Goradia of Indrani’s Light Foundation and co-founder of the Maverick Collective.

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Jamaica Dominates in the “Live Up I Like Myself” Caribbean Radio Contest

The following post comes from the PSI Caribbean team.

On June 18th, 2013, PSI Caribbean and The Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS, launched a regional radio contest encouraging the Caribbean youth to submit songs that have messages to combat the HIV/AIDS infection and stigma across the reason.

The contest drew attention from the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Suriname with a total of 27 entries.

The winner? The Jamaica Youth Theater crew (see video above)

The Jamaica Youth Theatre is a group of talented young people ranging from the age of 13 to 20 years old. These youth are recruited from several secondary schools all over Jamaica, each with a burning passion for theatre. The Jamaican Youth Theatre was formed in 2004 as the performing arm of the Schools’ Drama Festival of Jamaica.

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More than Condoms: PSI Carribbean's Work with Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

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In 2010 PSI/Caribbean (PSI/C) saw the gap in noncommunicable disease prevention programming and took the opportunity to integrate NCD prevention into it’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH) service delivery program.

With the support of International Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, PSI/C launched a referral card system at IPPF clinics to support the uptake of services by our target populations including Youth-atRisk, Males-at-Risk, Females-at-Risk and the Uniformed Population.

In Suriname, PSI/C has partnered with IPPF Affiliate, Stichting Lobi to support service delivery by paying the operational costs of the mobile unit that is used to reach target populations in distant areas or those without medical insurance.

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Getting to Four: Strengthening Partnership to Provide 4+ Family Planning Methods in the Caribbean

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By PSI/Caribbean

Leana is a 16 year-old high school student living in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She is very trendy, and likes to go to out to bars with her friends. She has an older boyfriend Shaka that drives a small bus. Last Saturday, at one of her favorite bars, Leana ran into a girl, Kiara, who grew up in her neighborhood. Kiara talked to Leana and her friends about safe sex and condom use, and did some activities with them.

Leana enjoyed the activities, but didn’t think much about them until later, when her friend Narissa told her that she had gone with Kiara to a clinic to get tested for STIs. Narissa suggested to Leana that she should get tested too. Leana was a bit hesitant to get tested, but when she ran into Kiara at a party a few weeks later, she asked her about getting tested for STIs. Kiara encouraged her to get tested and said that she could take her to the clinic. Kiara even gave her a referral card that she could use at the clinic to access the services for free. Today, Leana and Kiara are going to the clinic together, this is Leana’s first time accessing sexual and reproductive health services.

Leana, Kiara, Narissa and Shaka are all fictional characters, but their story is real. PSI Caribbean (PSI/C), with funding from the German Development Bank (KfW), works with partnering clinics and Behavior Change Communication (BCC) educators to ensure that at-risk populations across the Caribbean, have access to at least four family planning methods, as well as access to other sexual reproductive health services, such as cervical and breast cancer screening.

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